Alumni Council

Made up of 25 alumni appointed to three-year terms and the president of the Student Alumni Association, this board meets three times a year at WIU. Members represent the interests of alumni and serve as liaisons to 25 University areas. The council assists in the recruitment of students, selects Alumni Award recipients, and was instrumental in establishing the Student Alumni Association.

NEXT MEETING: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Chicago, Illinois

2018 Alumni Council Meetings

  • Saturday, July 21
  • Friday, September 28

John SandersA letter from the Alumni Council President

Dear Fellow Leatherneck Alumni and Friends,

My name is John Sanders ‘74 and I am proud to serve as your Alumni Council President. I am excited about the timing and ready to work with all of you to help meet the challenges facing Western. Hopefully, you have all received the Western Magazine last year featuring the 60’s & 70’s and the “Winds of Change” (can also be viewed online at ). I remember well those years of Campus and National Unrest, Vietnam, Watergate, the fights for Equal Rights for Women and Civil Rights for all. It was an incredibly exciting time to be at Western but also a time filled with fear, distrust, and doubt about the future in our country. As students during that time, we knew that above all, we had the right, but more importantly the responsibility, to get involved and impact the changes so necessary to make a better future. It was no time to sit on the sidelines.

Today, we face another critical Time of Change for Western. Like most universities, Western faces the challenges of a changing demographic and model for the traditional brick and mortar higher education institution in America. We also continue to deal with the harsh financial realities resulting from our state of Illinois budget woes. Fortunately, our University leadership recognized these realities early, made the necessary preparations and to appropriate actions to address these issues over the past several years.  As a result, Western has been able to successfully navigate the incredibly difficult waters of keeping Western not only afloat, but to sustain its position as a leading state university recognized nationally for its excellence.

What has not changed over the years is our commitment to the students of Western Illinois University.  As Alumni, and there are over 130,000 of us out there, it is our responsibility to get involved in any way we can to ensure that Western continues the traditions of success in higher education that was so important to all of us in our lives.

We cannot sit on the sidelines! The time is now for us to embrace the Winds of Change again and to do whatever we can with the other thousands of Leathernecks around the world to make the critical difference now and in the future for Western Illinois University!

Go Western!

John's Signature 

John Sanders ‘74

President, WIU Alumni Council

P.S. Feel free to contact me directly at any time at When was the last time you visited Western? #WIUHomecoming 2018 is September 28-29 … be there!

Alumni Council Members Sought

The WIU Alumni Association is looking for dedicated leaders of all ages, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, career fields, etc. to serve on the WIU Alumni Council. If you or someone you know is an active alumnus that would be a good candidate, please send the application form and resume to the Alumni Association at 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 or fax (309)298-2914. The deadline is March 1. (You may save and email your form to only if your computer has Adobe Acrobat Professional, not Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Or, click here to print off and then fill out the application form.

2018 - 2019 Council Members


Alumni Council Featured Member

Stacy Bierman 1996Bierman

Degree: Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from WIU 1996, Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing 1998.

Business Information: Mom of Nick, James, and John

Advice for Freshman: Congratulations, you have just started one of the best times in your life. This is the time to explore. Take a class on a topic you have always wanted to learn about. Join a club or organization in which you have a passion. Make new friends and meet people who have a different background from you. This is the time to determine what direction you want your life to go. Get to know your professors, your hall staff, and people who work on campus.  You never know what you will learn from these people.

Favorite WIU Memory: I have more than one: Living on Bayliss Hall 9th Floor all 4 years. Being a Resident Assistant in Bayliss -Henninger Halls. Meeting my husband, Matt. Then moving back to Macomb and living in Henninger Hall Apartment for 4 years when my husband was the Complex Director of Bay/Henn. Bringing our first son home to live in Henninger for the first 15 months of his life.

Family Information/Special Interests and Hobbies:  My husband Matt Bierman works at WIU and is also an alumnus. We have 3 wonderful boys who keep me very busy.  I love being a mom and occasionally return to my nursing as a substitute nurse for the Macomb school district. I love spending time with my family and watching my boys play sports and play in the band. I love to cook and spend time outside.